JERICHO SUMMER is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Jay Zeffin and Vanessa Joy. They arrived in Mallorca in 1998 after being married in the UK in 1997. The couple decided to take a break from everyday UK life, packed their car and came to Mallorca to live on an old 10-metre yacht which they were restoring at the time. It was never their intention to stay. However, they fell in love with the island. Jay and Vanessa were performing as a duo at the time and soon after their arrival began work on the island in various hotels.
Jay and Vanessa had met at a recording studio in West Cumbria in 1995. Vanessa had already been doing session work for several years providing outstanding harmonised vocals for many artists who had recorded their works there in addition to providing jingles for TV and radio. Vanessa had been vocally trained since the age of 6 and she had won over 25 classical and folk singing competitions in the UK in the 80’s and 90’s. She also stared as Mary Magdalene in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in the UK, in addition to other theatrical productions such as ‘Reverse View’ at the Rose Hill Theatre.
Jay was pursuing a solo career and he had been writing his own material for several years. He had worked on a self-published album in 1995 featuring Arthur Belcher who was the saxophonist when Gerry Rafferty’s performed his hit single “Baker Street” live on the Whistle Test.
The couple took a break from the music industry in 2006 when their daughter was born. Jay continued to write and produce music on a part time basis, in addition to pursuing other business interests.
In 2012 Jay was with Izzy Stradlin, the original rhythm guitarist of acclaimed rock band Guns n Roses and around this time he met Marco Mendoza, Scott Gorham and David Johnson from Thin Lizzy at the O2 in London. It was the meeting with Izzy Stradlin and the visit to the 02 which inspired jay to start the project and, soon after, Jericho Summer was born. Jay developed the genre for the Jericho Summer material and with some material already produced back in the 90’s, he contacted his old producer in the studio where he had met Vanessa 20 years ago. They then decided to use this studio to record the Night Train album where they had originally met.
‘Night Train’ was released on Devil’s Blade Records and went entered UK New Releases Chart at number 6 on the 12th August 2016. This is their debut album and to record it they got some help of some big names in rock and country, such as Grammy Award winner Albert Lee, Richard Fortus, most famous for his work with Guns N Roses, and Marco Mendoza from Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. There are also a host of other big names who were included on the line up of musicians for the ‘Night Train’ album including Grammy Award fiddle player Stuart Duncan, famous for his work with artists such as Shania Twain and Dolly Parton.
‘Night Train’ is described as being a high octane, high tempo album of Southern Rock with some slower ballads to bring down the pace. It's an album which can rock you up and bring you down equally in good measure with one strong track after another from start to finish, a no filler album. ‘Night Train’ is receiving fantastic reviews from both critics and purchasers of the album. The release track ‘Bitchin With A Woman’ and accompanying video has been released onto You Tube.
Jericho Summer has a further video to upload in November to coincide with the Harley Davidson Owners Magazine where they will be featured. Night Train is available direct from www.jerichosummer.com, iTunes, Amazon and the UKCountryRadio.com Online Music Store.
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